Productivity News

Working from home: How to use smart lights to keep family from interrupting conference calls

The best way to stop family members from being too loud and interrupting video and phone conference calls is to use smart lights around your home.

Smart Lights

Speedtest VPN adds paid tier and now supports iPadOS

Ookla ended beta testing of its Speedtest VPN and added a $4.99/mo unlimited data plan. The newest release now supports iPadOS in addition to iOS and Android.

Speedtest VPN

Google is completely removing FTP access from Chrome

Users of the Chrome browser will no longer be able to view FTP directories or download files from FTP servers.

Chrome

Ookla adds free VPN to Speedtest app for iOS

A new version of the Speedtest app for iPhone and iPad includes a preview version of its free VPN service.

Speedtest VPN

Feedly launches Pro+ account with new AI-powered features

Feedly debuted a major upgrade to its content discovery and reading app. The new Pro+ account uses its Leo AI technology to surface content based on interest and usage, and includes deduplication and mute filters.

Leo

Carbonite online backup service gets acquired by OpenText

The cloud-based backup service for consumers and businesses, Carbonite, was bought by OpenText, an enterprise information management company for $1.42 billion.

Carbonite

AmpliFi adds free VPN to its consumer Wi-Fi routers

Ubiquiti Networks updated its AmpliFi consumer Wi-Fi routers to support VPN connections. The new feature is called Teleport and it enables iOS and Android devices to securely connect to home networks.

AmpliFi Teleport for iOS

Backblaze adds ‘forever’ version history to its automated cloud backup service

Backblaze released version 7.0 of its popular online backup app for Windows and Mac. The new version now supports saving version history for up to one year or forever.

Backblaze

Cloudflare launches WARP VPN for iOS and Android

The 1.1.1.1 app by Cloudflare has been updated with a plug-n-play VPN that automatically secures mobile traffic on smartphones. It’s currently available in Google Play and the App Store.

1.1.1.1 WARP

How to exclude low quality sites and content from Google Alerts

Google Alerts is a free and useful tool that can help you stay up-to-date with current events related to a particular topic. Unfortunately, it also includes low-quality and unwanted sites in its results. This article shows you how to exclude low-quality sites so you never have to see them again.

Google Alerts